Tuesday, July 6

Fever Dream Book Review

Fever Dream
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Grand Central Publishing
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I'm always on the waiting list for any new books by coauthors Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and this book didn't disappoint. It was surprising, a little different than their usual style, but definitely an excellent read.
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It's nothing short of magic when an author can animate a character for the length of a novel when said character dies in the first chapter.
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It's nothing short of magic when an author can successfully include all of the following clich├ęd story grabbers and leave you loving it rather than mocking or doubting it. Fever Dream includes all of the following:

  • a (dead) spouse with a mysterious "other life"
  • an eccentric family all suddenly gone criminally mad
  • a stoic butler that sees all and reveals little
  • 2 personable detectives, 1 with the proverbial love of donuts
  • beautiful, exotic scenery
  • famous historical figures
  • ferocious, man-eating beasts
  • a secret room with the door screwed shut
  • a dark, haunted island in a legendary swamp

The book was enjoyable. I loved reading it and never felt that any of it was ridiculous, except possibly..... maybe..... the alligator scene. That was the only time I felt like a reader instead of a participant and I wondered if they were pandering to the movie creators. But every other scene.... I was in it. I was there. Totally involved.
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If I gave this book an 8 on a scale of 1-10 (Kathryn Stockett's The Help being a 10), I'd have to give the ending a 4. The book itself was much better than the ending.

3 comments:

Mom said...

Ooooooooooh my goodness is that pic old of our house wherever did you find it?!

Poof said...

Yeah, I think maybe it came from Jim Morse.

Anonymous said...

OHHHHHHHHHH the memories that were created at this OLD house!!!

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